Talks & debates

Julian Barnes & Peter Carey

Part of Man Booker 50

Literary titans Peter Carey and Julian Barnes discuss their passions, influences and storytelling techniques. Between them, they’ve written over 25 novels, of which three have won the Man Booker Prize.

In this dialogue, the authors compare notes on their creative process, exploring experimentation with form and narrative, notions of national identity and matters of the human heart.

Chaired by critic and journalist Alex Clark.

Peter Carey has won the Booker Prize twice, for Oscar and Lucinda in 1988 and True History of the Kelly Gang in 2001. He was also shortlisted for Illywhacker in 1985 and Parrot and Olivier in America in 2010.

In 2018, Carey published A Long Way from Home. He was born in Australia and now lives in New York.

Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize in 2011 with The Sense of an Ending and has been shortlisted three times: for Flaubert’s Parrot in 1984; England, England in 1998 and Arthur & George in 2005.

He is the author of 13 novels, including The Only Story, which was published in 2018. He has also written three books of short stories, four collections of essays and two books of non-fiction, including Nothing to be Frightened Of as well as Levels of Life. In 2017, Barnes was awarded the Légion d’honneur. He lives in London.

Dates & times

8 Jul 2018
Approximate run time: 60 mins
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Royal Festival Hall


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